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Aggarwal, Rakesh (b 1961)), MD, DM, Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow.

For his significant contributions about mechanistic insights on host cell damage during hepatitis E viral infection, the most common cause of acute hepatitis.

Basu, Anirban (b 1968), PhD, Scientist V, National Brain Research Centre, Manesar.

For his outstanding contributions about the role of neuroinflammation in pathogenesis of Japanese encephalitis in animal models of the disease.

Chakraborty, Suman (b 1973), PhD, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, Kharagpur.

For his pathbreaking work on microfluidics and nanofluidics, ranging from fundamental insights to applications to medical diagnostics, drug delivery and chip cooling.

Chakravortty, Dipshikha (b 1968), PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

For her original contributions in understanding Salmonella-host interactions and the evasion mechanisms adopted by Salmonella, demonstrating a blend of basic and translational research.

Das, Amitava (b 1959),PhD, Director, CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar.

For his immense contributions to molecular recognition, supramolecular assemblies, photo-induced process in donor-acceptor molecules for addressing issues related to health care (diagnostic), stimuli responsive smart molecules/assemblies (molecular sensors, imaging reagents and enzymatic assay), and security (sensors for low intensity explosives).

Das, Shankar Prasad (b 1959), PhD, Professor, School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

For his significant research in the field of slow dynamics in supercooled liquids and glass transition, with important contributions to studies of atomic correlations in supercooled liquids leading to glass transition using a microscopic theory of correlation functions.

Ghosh, Arindam (b 1969), PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

For his extensive experimental investigations into the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of various nanoscale systems, in a wide variety of materials.

Ghosh, Hirendra Nath (b 1966), PhD, Scientific Officer (H), Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai.

For his fundamental contributions to interfacial electron transfer through synthesis of nano-structured materials and ultrafast spectroscopy leading to improved understanding of quantum-dot based solar cell and dye sensitized solar cell.

Harinarayana, Kota (b 1943), PhD, NEB 3/401, Shriram Spandana, Challaghatta, off Wind Tunnel Road, Bangalore and formerly VC, University of Hyderabad.

For leading the teams that designed and developed the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, the first indigenous supersonic fourth generation plus fighter aircraft to be successfully deployed and go into production.

Jayakrishnan, Athipettah (b 1953), PhD, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

For his pioneering contributions in the the development of novel polymeric materials and coatings for ophthalmic applications.

Kotha, Sambasivarao (b 1957), PhD, Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai.

For developing a variety of new synthetic strategies and reagents for non-natural amino acids and peptide-mimics.

Mohanty, Bedangadas (b 1973), PhD, Chairperson, School of Physical Sciences, National Institute of Science Education & Research, Bhubaneswar.

For his influential contributions and leadership in the international STAR collaboration on the phase diagram of strongly interacting nuclear matter and for his collaborative work with theorists to help pinpoint the critical point of this phase diagram from experimental measurements of heavy ion collisions.

Mugesh, Govindasamy (b 1970), PhD, Professor, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

For his significant contributions in developing small molecule selenium compounds and vanadium-based nanomaterials (nanozymes) as anti-oxidant glutathione peroxidase mimetics and development of selenoenzymes for de-iodination of thyroid hormones.

Nagaraj, Donihakalu Shankar (b 1958), PhD, Professor (H), The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.

For his fundamental work on several aspects of moduli theory of bundles and interesting results in topics ranging from higher dimensional algebraic geometry to Iwasawa theory of multiple Zp extensions of a local field.

Natarajan, Saradha (b 1954), PhD, Professor (H), School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

For her important contributions to the classical field of Diophantine Equations, and also to the theory of transcendental numbers.

Pandit, Maharaj Krishan (b 1958),PhD, Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi, North Campus, Delhi.

For his outstanding achievements in ecogenomics and conservation of Himalayan biodiversity through elucidation of the role of ploidy in plant invasion and rarity.

Prasad, Manoj (b 1970),PhD, Staff Scientist V, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi.

For his significant contributions in the area of crop genomics through generation of novel molecular markers, development of the first comprehensive database for millets and understanding the molecular mechanism of natural resistance in tomato against Tomato-Leaf-Curl New Delhi-Virus (ToLCNDV).

Rajeevan, Madhavan Nair (b 1961),PhD, Secretary, Govt of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi and formerly Director, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.

For his outstanding contributions in understanding physical mechanisms of Indian Summer Monsoon variability and seasonal predictions.

Ramaraj, R (b 1956),PhD, Professor, School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai.

For his original research on a variety of chemically modified electrodes using Nafion, zelolite, clay and cellulose with a variety of metal phthalocyanines and porphyrines, and fordesigning supramolecular cyclodextrin based devices for photo-electrochemistry.

Rangarajan, Pundi Narasimhan (b 1963),PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

For developing novel hepatitis B DNA vaccine, marketed by 3 major companies and for studies on nuclear noncoding RNA essential for the formation of nuclear paraspeckles.

Rao, Madan (b 1960),PhD, Professor, Raman Research Institute and National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR), Bengaluru.

For his outstanding contributions, using theoretical physics methods, to modeling cellular actin cytoskeleton interaction with the membrane and its proteins to mediate self-assembly of signaling complexes and to problems in metallurgical transformations.

Roychoudhury, Susanta (b 1955),PhD, Chief Basic Research, Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute, Kolkata.

For his studies on roles of spindle assembly checkpoint genes CDC20 and MAD1 in genomic instabilities in human cancer.

Sangwan, Neelam S (b 1966), PhD, Scientist F (Metabolic and Structural Biology), CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP-CSIR), Lucknow.

For her significant contributions in understanding withanolide biosynthetic pathways, genes and tissue-specific transcriptomics and for development ofnovel chemotypically defined Ashwagandha varieties.

Sengupta, Sagar (b 1968), PhD, Staff Scientist VI, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi.

For his work on the roles of BLM helicase in homologous recombination and chromosome instability in normal and cancer cells.

Senthilkumaran, Balasubramanian (b 1965),PhD, Professor & Head, Department of Animal Biology, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

For his significant contributions to the concept of "shift in steroidogenesis" during oogenesis in teleostean fishes and the role of transcripts and products in gonads and brain in their sexual dimorphism.

Siddavattam, Dayananda (b 1957), PhD, Professor, Department of Animal Biology, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

For his contributions to mechanisms of microbial organophosphorus pesticide degradation (OPD), demonstration of the horizontal gene transfer of OPD catabolizing enzyme cluster through transposons and for development of sensors and devices to detect and remediate environments polluted with nerve agents and OP insecticides.

Subbarayappa, Bidare Venkatasubbaiah (b 18.05.1925),PhD, Formerly Director (Academic), Nehru Centre, Mumbai.

For his researches on the Indus script and on science in Indian inscriptions, his authoritative contributions to the history of science in India particularly as co-editor of A Concise History of Science in India, publication of valuable source material in astronomy and other subjects, and for his life-long dedication to the promotion of the subject at international and national levels.

Swaminathan, Soumya (b 1959), MBBS, MD, Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi and formerly Director, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai.

For her significant contributions on the role of nutrition in HIV induced pathology.

Vijay Kumar, Panganamala (b 1955), PhD, Professor & Chairman, Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

For his significant contributions to coding theory, covering nonlinear codes, space-time codes, generation of low correlation sequences, low complexity algebraic geometric codes, and codes for distributed storage.

Yadav, Shrirang Ramchandra (b 1954), PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Botany, Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

For his notable contributions to plant taxonomy (grass systematic) and endangered plants, and discovery of more than 50 new plant species, many of which have ornamental and medicinal values.


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